Confirmation - A special time for teens and adults March 12, 2015 14:59

Some milestones in a Catholic's life are so important that many Catholics like to give a gift to the person at the center of the occasion, both to share their faith and also as a lasting reminder that they and the person they gift to are both parts of a wider Catholic Church community. Accepting the Sacrament of Confirmation is one of those special times for Catholic teens and also for adults entering the Church through an RCIA programme in their area. 

Confirmation is the time when Catholics fully join the Roman Catholic Church as adults and embrace the responsibilities and joys of choosing to be Catholic, and builds on the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Holy Communion. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon the baptized in order to make them more perfect soldiers of Christ. 

Naturally you will want to choose a gift that is symbolic of this wonderful occasion, and is a personal gift from you to a special person.

Tips for choosing a gift:

* The dove is a common symbol for Confirmation.

The white dove is representative of the Holy Spirit descending upon the Confirmed to more firmly unite them to Christ. Sometimes the dove is inflight, sometimes descending as the Holy Spirit descends on the confirmant, and sometimes the dove holds an olive leaf or branch in its beak as a symbol of the peace that passes all understanding. This symbol perhaps is rooted in the Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17 when Peter and John laid hands on the Samarians and prayed that they would receive the Holy Spirit, as is done in the Confirmation ceremonies of today. Through Confirmation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are increased and a medal or emblem of the Holy Spirit included as part of a confirmation gift is always appropriate.

* The color red is associated with Confirmation.

Pentecost is also closely related to the Sacrament of Confirmation as it was the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. This is why the color red is associated with Confirmation. The red flames of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit dove are often included in some way in a confirmation gift, making it a special reminder of this Sacrament. For this reason, gifts in red or with red accents are good choices for this occasion.

* A Patron Saint medal is a popular choice.

Choosing a Confirmation name is a part of being confirmed. Find out what patron saint your Confirmand has chosen and make them a gift of that Saint's medal.  Patron Saint medals come in a variety of styles and are included in rosaries and chaplets as well as being worn in jewellery.  Make their confirmation even more special by giving them the patron saint medal just before the ceremony as something special to wear as they are being confirmed.  Catholics share the belief in the Communion of Saints with many other Christians - the belief where all saints are intimately related in the Body of Christ as a family, and the Confirmand is entering the same family as their patron saint through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Easter is a popular time for many Catholics to be confirmed. As we draw closer to Easter, I have added some new pieces to my Confirmation Collection for you to consider.

A rosary is a traditional and popular gift for a Confirmand, and is often given by a godparent or family member.  A rosary bracelet is another gift that can be worn as a lasting reminder both of the occasion itself, and of the person gifting it. Catholic saint medals feature in  many rosaries and rosary bracelets, and are also able to be worn as a simple neck chain.

Personalisation options are available for many of the items you see in my shop - please don't hesitate to contact me and ask if any item can be personalised for you if it isn't specially offered in the description.  Including a name or initials is a lovely way of showing extra care and attention in your choice of gift.

Sometimes we can't be present physically at these important ceremonies for the people we love, and so I am always happy to gift wrap your choice and send it directly to the recipient on your behalf with a personal message included. There is no extra cost for this service, you only need to ask and I am happy to be the person in the middle of the pathway from you to your loved one. Whatever your gift choice, it is sure to be treasured for a lifetime.